Pay Attention

“Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up.” (Ex. 40:36-37)

It is dawn in the Israelite camp, and the first thing on the minds of people as they wake up is, “What is the cloud doing today?” Hebrew children are peeking outside of the tent to catch a glimpse of God. They are looking for the rising of the cloud. Their attention was on His Glory! Any movement was an indication that it might be time to raise the tent pegs, break camp and move forward. The question on everyone’s minds as they emerged from their night was, “What is God doing?”

The wilderness was a unique journey. It was training, in perhaps humanity’s greatest weakness… paying attention. In all the travels of the Hebrew people, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set their heart as pilgrims, but if the cloud did not lift, they did not go anywhere… not until the day it lifted.

Fast-forward to the 21st century…

This is the generation of the smart phone, the iPad, the tablet, the computer, the TV remote control. Never before has there been such instant and personal access to email, social media and all manner of communication. We are more likely to wake up and reach for our phones, than our Bibles. Our minds are distracted with the constant buzz and noise of our personal worlds. God is still speaking, but I wonder who is giving Him their attention?

Many times, the things that distract us are good things, but they are hindering us from focusing on the best things… the first things (Mt. 6:33)!

We are a generation in which there is a “contention for our attention” like never before. The enemy knows that what captures our attention draws our hearts, commands our worship, and impacts our ability to hear the voice of God!

What draws our attention takes our time, and therefore; our life flow. I want to remind you to pay attention to God’s purposes, give Him your time and awaken every morning looking for His directives for the day. He is moving and you and I are called to move at His pace… and for His Glory! His Presence needs to be evident in our lives, beyond the occasional prayer meetings and Sunday morning worship. Ultimately, what captures the attention of God’s people also affects the eternal destiny of people around us.

Pay attention to the “cloud” and you will not be lost in the “fog”!

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